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leader harry reid has decided to remove the assault weapons ban from a larger reform package. it will, instead, be voted on as an amendment. nbc's mike viqueira joins us live now. mike, what happened? why did the majority leader decide that 157 different models of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines did not deserve to be a part of a broader bill to ensure that tragedies like that in aurora, in newtown, connecticut, never happen again? what's happened? >> reporter: well, you know, harry reid was faced with a very fundamental question, martin. he could put on what is essentially an unpopular measure, dianne feinstein notwithstanding, and that's a renewal of the assault weapons ban. he could put it on that base bill and have it bring down the entire bill. under that circumstances, by harry reid's estimation, it has fewer, martin, fewer than 40 votes in support in the united states senate. you can't blame it all on ted cruz and his compatriots on the republican side. there are several democrats who don't favor a renewal of the assault weapons ban. you need 60 votes. harry reid tol
reform. president obama's initiative to reduce violence in america has been severely weakened. harry reid has announced the most controversial and ambitious part of the president's proposal a ban on assault weapons will not make the final cut when he brings the bill up for debate. >> but, right now, her amendment using the most optimistic numbers has less than 40 votes. that's not 60. i have to get something on the floor so we can have votes on that issue and the other issues i talked about and what i'm going to try to do. i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. >> senator dianne feinstein who sponsored the ban was clearly irritated. the california democrat told reporters, obviously, i'm disappointed. i tried my best but my best i guess was not good enough. you'd think congress would listen but they clearly listened to the national rifle association and they do. the ban would have outlawed it nearly 160 semiautomatic weapons and limited the size of magazines to ten rounds. and in today's "daily news" a removal of the assau
to jack johnson. senator harry reid who hustled his way around nevada boxing rings before going to law school and getting into politics, joined with senator john mccain, massachusetts senator mo count, and peter king to introduce a resolution to pardon jack johnson. jack johnson was a legendary competitor that defined an era of american boxing and raised the war for all american athletics, said senator reid. his memory was unjustly tarnished, and it is time to recast his legacy. senator john mccain said we can never completely right the wrong perpetrated against jack johnson during his lifetime, but this pardon is a small, meaningful step toward acknowledging his mistreatment before the law and celebrating his legacy of athletic greatness and historical significance. senator cowan said jack johnson was one of the great african-american athletes, his skill and perseverance to get back up every time he was knocked down made him a champion in the eyes of the sports world and for those that like him pursued their dreams despite racial in tolerance. jack king said he is a trail blazer and l
on the tail. that is what lacking in the debate. >> i have to say, sadly, what they have brought us is harry reid as the majority leader continuing in the senate. if you look at the nevada race, or you look at indiana and murdoch and the witch in delaware, i forget her name, we can have functional control of the united states senate today but for the litmus test that exists. >>chris: there were a lot of republican candidates, that were established that went down. >> but unlike mr. murdoch, we are supposed to wonder, from indiana, why we don't have the women's vote with a candidate suggesting that a child born as a result of rape is a gift from god? i'm not wondering why we don't have more women voting for republicans. >>chris: that is the last thing we will get into, karl rove and he. be on the panel, a conservative victory project is trying to get in the primaries to make sure there are more electable republicans, people that can win the primary and go on and win the general election. congressman, you are about to start your own super pac for republican parties and elect your own candidates
. >> i got to say sadly what they also brought us as harry reid as the major leader continuing in the senate. if you looked at the nevada race, sharon engel and richard murdoch in indiana and i forget the name, the witch in delaware. >> chris: kristine o'donnell. >> thank you. we could have functional control of the united states senate. >> chris: there were a lot of establishment republican candidates who went down in the last the election, too. >> went down from the standpoint that they lost to democrats unlike some of these mr. murdoch for instance. we are supposed to wonder chris richard murdoch, indiana. >> why we don't have the women's vote when we have a candidate suggesting that a child born as a result of rape is a gift from god. i'm not wondering why we don't have more women voting for republicans. >> chris: let me ask you about that. karl rove called the conservative victory project to try to get into the the primaries to make sure there are more electable republicans. congressman you are about to start your own super pac to promote electable candidates in republican
ago they try to deal with the fiscal situation in this country. harry reid spoke moments ago. let's take a look at what he had to say. >> as things now stand we are in the midst as i indicated of a filibuster to even try to get on the bill. if we get on the bill tomorrow morning and there are 30 hours waiting around staring at each other, and i just alert everyone, we have our easter recess coming a week from friday, and we are not going to be able to do that. martha: gosh, right, listen to that. do they ever get anything done, they've been waiting for this budget from the senate for how many years and now we are being told they'll just be staring at each other for 30 hours, says harry reid. we'll keep an eye on it. that is the doings on capitol hill. bill: house republicans unveiling their plan. congressman paul ryan argues his idea will balance the budget and pay down our debt without raising taxes. his plan would balance the budget he says within ten years, by 2023 cutting spending by $4.6 trillion with no tax increase. the plan would also p repeal obama care. that is the law r
to organize 309 million of us into one efficient unit. >> i speak for many when i say thank god for harry reid stopped bush's plan to privatize social security. so you wanted to turn her grandmother's retirement to lehman brothers, bear stearns? int is the people who were charge. social security has been around for 75 years and has never missed a check. thank god for social security. as for "obamacare," call your mother, father, ask them if like being on medicare. they love it. yes. and yet medicare only has 5000 employees. private insurance has hundreds of thousands of employees. inernment, more efficient health insurance. more effective, lower overhead, better outcomes, lower prices. the only change i want to make is change the eligibility age to birth. let's all get on medicare, then we will have a real system. >> i will not answer that, but i would love to all on. have you been to the dmv lately? yes. house of service. >> when secretary of state hillary clinton appeared for the senate hearing on benghazi, here is what she said about the cause of the riot -- [video clip] >> what difference
universal background checks. harry reid is going to have to cobble together something. something meaningful that he can pass and move on to this house so we can get some bills signed. i really doubt the bill in its pure form as dianne feinstein has proposed it will see the light of day. >> right. all the so-called wise men and women of washington say senator feinstein's bill, as you say, has no chance of passing the full senate, but every day you and i see the incredible toll that this is taking. just this week, we saw the death of a 6-year-old little -- 6-month-old little baby girl called jonalah watkins of chicago. she was shot five times while her father was changing her diaper in the front seat of the minivan. the father was also shot. incredible, the mother had been shot, herself, once, while she was pregnant. what are we supposed to do about this? are we supposed to just walk away from some kind of meaningful legislation, when babies as young as 6 months old are murdered while their diapers are being changed? >> you know, martin, this is probably the most unspeakable tragedy we can th
trafficking and school security. but their fate now lies in the hands of senate majority leader, harry reid, given the obstructionism and bitter partisanship in congress, the future for comprehensive gun safety is uncertain at best. kerry, experts on all things washington. not that our whole panel isn't. but you know, the senate democrats are going to be the ones to look to as far as all of this. we know that there are several nra a-rated democrats a few of whom are up for re-election. max baucus, kay hagen, tim warner. haas your read on any kind of comprehensive reform laws getting through congress. >> i think the person to watch is joe mansion. in the process of trying to come up with a background check bill that will pass the senate and he has mark kirk, republican, on his side. but the problem with mark kirk is he's affiliated with the nra. >> an a-plus an f, make a c. he's f-rated. >> still not good enough for the red state democrats and the nra. mark baggage told joe mansion accordle to some of my colleagues, i like what you're trying to do, but you have to get a couple of a-rated rep
, sadly what they've also got is harry reid as the majority leader continuing in the senate. if you look at the nevada race, sharron angle and richard murdoch in indiana and -- i forget her name, the witch in delaware. >> chris: christine o'donnell. >> you can have functional control of the u.s. senate today but for the litmus test that exists today. >> chris: and the republican candidates, who went down in the last election, too. >> but they went down from the standpoint they lost the democrats and mr. murdoch, we are supposed to -- >> richard murdoch, indiana. >> why we don't have the women's vote and we have a candidate suggesting a child born as a result of rape is a gift from god? i am not wondering why we don't have more women voting for republicans. >> chris: let me ask and this is the last thing we'll get into here, karl rove -- who will be a panelist -- called the conservative project to get into the primaries to make sure there are more electable republicans, who can win the primary and the election and, you have your own super-pac to promote electable candidates in republican
. instead, it will get a separate vote on its own. but with lower hopes for success. senator harry reid says he made the move to avoid republican obstruction. >> i want people to have the ability to vote on assault weapons, mental health, safety in schools, federal trafficking, clips, everything. but i cannot do that until i get a bill on the floor. i want something that will succeed. >> something that will succeed. the rest of the country wants that, too. in fact, a majority of americans, 57%, support an assault weapons ban. but apparently some in washington think that's not good enough. nearly 2,800 people have been shot and killed since the newtown tragedy. 2,800 reasons for our elected officials in washington to show some political courage. the time is now. americans want to move forward. lawmakers in both parties should move forward with the rest of the country. joining me now are mia malika-henderson and margie omar ra. thank you for your time. >> malika, what's behind this on assault weapons? why did it happen? i'm not sure i agree with this. >> yeah. i think you heard senator reid sa
allowing debates on the amendments. majority leader harry reid has filed cloture on the measure. this means a procedural vote eating 60 of us will take place on thursday. harris senator coburn and mccain on the floor. we will also hear from senator reid. >> we got this bill last night at 9:00. it is a 500 page bill and has multiple levels of operation senate that we found so far, on an appropriation bill. it has what i would consider and we have been completely through it, some things totally counterintuitive to where we find ourselves in terms of spending money. before i could grant unanimous consent, and as soon as we get through the billing plan on grant teamed unanimous consent. we just are the majority leader so you can understand if somebody wants to read this bill. talks are in excess of the trillion dollars. one of the reasons for your $17 trillion in debt is people don't read the bill. i also want to say to my friend from alabama, i have greatest praise for you. you know some of the harpers i have, but unit that was coming from the house. do not allow us a time to assess what you a
-span. the session is expected to continue late into the night. senate majority leader harry reid came to the floor to discuss that house republican plan. here's a look. >> mr. president, yesterday americans got their first look at this year's republican budget. turns out looks like last year's ryan republican budget and it wasn't the only one. i was not the only one that said, gee whiz, not again? here's the headline from "bloomberg news". quote, ryan budget replays republican hits, quote clothe. one "washington post" reporter compared the release of the not so new and certainly not improved ryan republican budget to the movie groundhog day where bill murray relives his least favorite holiday over and over and over. remember this is the third ryan republican budget. this is what "washington post" also wrote, quote. the unrepentant reprisal of the same fiscal vision that was decisively repute aided last fall is bound to attract notice, close quote. indeed this is the same budget plan we saw from congressman ryan last year and the year before that. even the name is the same. if anything, this new ve
. harry reid says he hopes they can be finished tomorrow. and now to live coverage of the u.s. senate here on c-span2. the presiding officer: the our father in heaven, thank you for this opportunity to commune with you. inspire our lawmakers to daily create time when they can meet with you. lord, keep them from becoming discouraged by the difficulty of achieving their goals, knowing that you monitor their efforts and will reward their faithfulness. help us all to pause and be grateful for all the blessings we receive from you each day. may we never take for granted the blessings of life, salvation, sunshine, flowers, and countless other gifts from you. alarm us with disappointment in our souls in what we plan is less than your best. and lord, we ask you to bless francis, the new pontiff of the roman catholic church. we pray in your merciful name. amen. the presiding officer: please join me in reciting the pledge of allegiance to our flag. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with libert
agree with my colleague senator harry reid and qusseir to describe the state of our country and the state of our national defense and the challenges we face around the world right now. it's a very difficult time and a dangerous time around the world. thatf the first challenges we face and one of the greatest national security threats that march of irane toward obtaining a nuclear weapon. i find myself, in reviewing senator heard chuck hagel's record and what he said when he appeared before us in a very lengthy hearing before the committee, to be very much at odds with him on this issue and also on some of his prior positions at odds with members of both sides of the aisle. host: merideth shiner, what about her role in the nomination of chuck hagel? you see her out front on the issue and on what happens in benghazi, the attacks on the embassy? guest: this is something you saw -- i don't using as know what to college. they have been very vocal on the issue, whether it was benghazi or the nomination of chuck hagel, which eventually passed, but not without some consternation. it
. it appears your effort is all by dead. listen to what harry reid said today. >> i'm not going to try to put something on the floor that won't succeed. i want something that will succeed. i think the worst of all worlds would be to bring something to the floor and it dies there. >> now, senator reed, senator feinstein, had said before that you deserved a vote. now it appears it's going to be an amendment, it could be a symbolic vote. what's your response to this new -- >> no, no, if it's an amendment, that is not a symbolic vote. i did the bill in 1994 on the floor as an amendment. it enacted a law. it went on to the house, it was enacted. what senator reid told me is that i would have an opportunity for a vote. i take him at his word. i told him also that it would be my intention to separate out the prohibition on the future, manufacture, transfer, sale, possession of large ammunition feeding devices of more than ten bullets. i asked him if this could be part of a package. he said no. and i took away from that meeting the belief that we would have a vote on the full bill, and a vote on ammu
overwhelmingly with republican support and opposition on our it was suggested to harry reid that that might be one way to get off the lack of action on making sure america pays its bills. the only reason i interrupt the gentlelady, i think it's important to understand your cut, cap, and balance passed before that suggestion was made included sequester as the fall back if we didn't reach the numbers. i think if it's the president's -- it's the president's via cut, cap, an balance which your side of the aisle passed and sent to the senate as presumably good policy. i thank the gentlelady for yielding, she was kind to do that. mrs. miller: i thank the gentleman for pointing out the sequencing of the sequester, the president's sequester, and i still say with the president's sequester, what's going to happen with this vote is a vivid nonstration of who is actually committed to doing more with less. my colleague, the gentleman, the minority whip, had also given a sort of historical lesson of various things under, in his observation of the way things had gone earlier on and i would point something
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